The Leadership minor provides students with leadership strategies that enable them to create and nurture partnerships on a personal, organizational, and public level. The program cultivates an understanding of ethical leadership and leadership theoretical frameworks. Through opportunities to practice current leadership strategies, students will learn how to participate, educate and affect their communities.

Program Goals


  • To increase knowledge of leadership theory and practices.
  • To develop effective leadership skills.
  • To cultivate leadership skills to effectively participate in their communities.

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of leadership theory.
  • Understand ethical leadership on a personal, professional and public level. Discuss and assess current leadership issues.
  • Develop the skills to create and nurture partnerships that foster growth within their communities.
  • Engage in effective leadership practices within their community.
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Dr. Michael Thurwanger
(309) 467-6679
Burrus Dickinson – 302
300 East College Ave
Eureka, IL 61530

Requirements for a Minor in Leadership

21 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

All of the following:    
LDR115 Philosophy and Ethics of Leadership 3
LDR225 Leadership Theory 3
LDR355 Leadership Capstone 3

One from each of the following groups, including at least one at the 300-level:

Leadership Communication Skills    
COM255 Communication Ethics 3
COM310W Advanced Speech Writing and Presentation 3
COM311W Messages and Meanings 3
COM330 Intercultural Communication 3
COM351 Organizational Communication 3
Leadership Policy    
BUA220 Management 3
BUA312 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility 3
EVS151 Introduction to Environmental Science &Policy 3
FPA301W Arts Administration 3
HIS225 Global Environmental History 3
Behavioral Leadership    
PSY203 Social Psychology 3
PSY225 Industrial-Organizational Psychology 3
REL341 History of Religion in America 3
SOC250 Social Stratification 3
Political Leadership    
PHI/PSC320W Political and Social Philosophy 3
PSC263 International Relations 3
PSC301 The Presidency 3
TOTAL:   21

“My instruction in the Leadership Minor has provided me the opportunities to define my relational styles of leadership and find my niche as I am entering the work force. Leadership has taught me how to contribute to organizations and relationships while considering ethical, cultural, and long-term implications.”

Oakleigh Beard,
Class of 2017